What is the Government-in-Action Youth Tour?
Every June, as many as 1,500 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.
Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!
2018 Youth Winners Announced
Western Cooperative electric’s annual youth contest was held Sunday, February 18. The contest winners were selected based on a combination of an interview, quiz and essay. Each contestant was interviewed by a judging panel of three members.
In addition to their interviews, each contestant took a quiz about electric cooperatives on the local, state and national level. Contestants also wrote a one page essay on the topic “Something I am Passionate About.”
The top five youth in this year’s contest, in order are: Paul Brull, son of Chris and Jen Brull from Plainville, KS and attending TMP High School, Josiah Bolton, son of Steve and Nancy Bolton from Ellsworth, KS attending Ellsworth High School, Zach Gillespie, son of Mitch & Carlene Gillespie of Grainfield, KS and attending Wheatland High School, Micah Bolton, son of Steve and Nancy Bolton from Ellsworth, KS attending Ellsworth High School, and Lane Fischer, son of Brian & Melanie Fischer of Ellis, KS attending Ellis High School.
Scholarships were awarded along with trips to Washington, D.C., and Steamboat Springs, CO. The contestants chose from the available prizes according to placing.
Paul and Josiah will join 35 Kansas youth and travel to Washington, D.C., June 7-14. They will join about 1,700 other youth experiencing our country’s government in action. They will visit their legislators and sites of historical significance.
Zach and Micah will join approximately 100 youth from a four-state area participating in the Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs, CO, July 13-19. During their stay, the youth will become acquainted with energy challenges and tour one of the largest electrical generating plants in the Rockies.
Along with the trips, each winner will receive a $250 scholarship. These scholarships will be sent directly to the college of their choice upon enrollment.
Lane will receive the $250 Darrell Brown Memorial scholarship. The alternate in this year’s competition is Sara Klein, daughter of Mark and Kerry Klein from Ellsworth, KS attending Ellsworth High School.
Western extends congratulations to the winners and thanks all contestants for participating.